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Old 05-31-07, 07:51 PM
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Fake traffic tickets for cars parked in bike lanes

I get really pissed off when their are cars parked in bike lanes, because it makes the whole bike lane thing rather useless. I use the road and am comfortable swerving out into the road, but not everyone is. A lot of people don't feel confortable on the road and want to ride in bike lanes on on bike paths. So i altered a image of a traffic ticket and am putting them on cars i find parked in bike lanes to let them know they are breaking the law and that we don't appreciae it.
Is this a childish prank, am i wasting my time, or is it good to remined those drivers to stay out and block the road instead? I just want to know what oyu guys think about it.
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Old 05-31-07, 07:56 PM
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Keep up the good work.
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Old 05-31-07, 08:43 PM
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You know, in a lot of states, you can actually give a parking ticket that will stand up in court! Check the laws in your local jurisdiction and file them with the prosecutor if it turns out you are in one of those areas...... That's even better than a prank ticket, ain't it?
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Old 06-01-07, 01:26 AM
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There was a story about a guy in NY who hung up some no parking/tow away zone signs and some cars got towed. City admitted later that the signs were put up by someone else but still made drivers pay to get their cars returned
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Old 06-01-07, 04:15 AM
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Childish... yeah. But you'll get extra points if you have the tickets printed up in another language, say Spanish for example, where the driver gets extra pissed off.

What would really be good is if there can be a design for a cheap collaspsible cardboard simulated tire boot. Just whip it out of your packpack, unfold it and place it next to the driver's side front tire. Driver comes back and sees this big ol yellow thing "attached" to his wheel. Printed on it in big black letters "TIRE BOOT - Call 1-800-***-**** to have removed". And make the phone number a computer tech help center in India. Should make for hours of fun on U-tube.
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Old 06-01-07, 05:51 AM
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Childish -yes
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Old 06-01-07, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by maddyfish
Childish -yes
Funny -also yes!
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Old 06-01-07, 07:18 AM
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I'd be so psyched to actually use/have a bike lane, I'd be willing to live with occassional car parked in it. Certainly wouldn't be worth my time to stick a fake ticket under the wiper.
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Old 06-01-07, 07:28 AM
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I think this can get you into trouble with the law.

Isn't it simpler to just call 911?
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Old 06-01-07, 09:49 AM
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funny, yes.
And if it works to let people know that there ARE cyclist wanting
to use the lane without interuption, all the better.
Keep it up.
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Old 06-01-07, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Nexus7
Isn't it simpler to just call 911?
Cars parked in BLs are an emergency?

Please don't abuse the 911 system.

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Old 06-01-07, 09:57 AM
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Car talk has tickets you can get from their web site that cover all sorts of annoying (and some illegal yet unenforced) things that drivers do: https://www.cartalk.com/content/timekill/tickets/

For this application I suggest the lousy parking offense, possibly with the owning an suv offense if it applies.

They used to have one (I don't see it now) for driving with fog lights on when there is no fog. Edit: found it, under obnoxious driving manuver.
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Old 06-01-07, 09:59 AM
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Yes - I know you are comfortable riding in the lane outside of bike lane.

Don't swerve. Instead merge early to smoothly avoid parked cars and stay in lane if if there are shorter gaps between the parked cars. Hold a steady line and stay out of the door zone.

If you, in the primary lane, are causing other motorists to driver slower than they wish, then they only have the other motorists who parked the cars to 'blame' Other cyclists who may not be as comfortable taking the lane may see you and come to realize it is the safest and most predictable way to ride in this situation.

Still call your local traffic/parking enforcement and complain about the illegally parked cars.

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Old 06-01-07, 10:16 AM
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Here, parking in the bike lane is allowed, unless it is specially prohibited with "no parking" signs.
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Old 06-01-07, 10:36 AM
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I think it's a great idea. The bike lanes I ride are contraflow oneway streets. Most of the time there is a car parked somewhere along the way, usually with a perfectly legal space across the road. I have to ride into oncoming traffic to go around. To be fair, it's an extremely quiet street, it's just the principle of the thing.

I think a fake parking ticket will let the driver know that they've erred in their parking, and someone else is aware of it. People don't like to feel embarassed, so that may act as a deterrent in the future. Then again, it may not.
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Old 06-01-07, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by huge
The bike lanes I ride are contraflow oneway streets.
Crazy. How is traffic control managed at the intersections?

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Old 06-01-07, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by noisebeam
Cars parked in BLs are an emergency?

Please don't abuse the 911 system.

Al
Agreed: 9-1-1 is for EMERGENCIES. Abuse of the system can lead to someone not getting the emergency help they need.
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Old 06-01-07, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by unkchunk
Childish... yeah. But you'll get extra points if you have the tickets printed up in another language, say Spanish for example, where the driver gets extra pissed off.

What would really be good is if there can be a design for a cheap collaspsible cardboard simulated tire boot. Just whip it out of your packpack, unfold it and place it next to the driver's side front tire. Driver comes back and sees this big ol yellow thing "attached" to his wheel. Printed on it in big black letters "TIRE BOOT - Call 1-800-***-**** to have removed". And make the phone number a computer tech help center in India. Should make for hours of fun on U-tube.
Simpler - combine these great ideas, and print up sheets that say:

'I let the air out of your tires because you're a jackass who parks in bike lanes, unnecessarily risking my life so you can save the 2 minutes it would take to park legally. Now you can wait for a while until AAA gets here. Or you can ask a passing cyclist to borrow his frame pump. Have fun!'

Then you let the air out of his tires, natch.
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Old 06-01-07, 01:28 PM
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Why not set up a Bike Lane Trials Riders Team? Since they're afraid to ride out of the lane, they can't ride round the car and they can't ride on the sidewalk, so over would be the only choice they'd have... officer.
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Old 06-01-07, 01:45 PM
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bad idea. Generally this sort of stuff just pisses the people off and makes them more likely to do it in the future. At worst it may change how they view and interact with cyclists on the road.

Why can't you just pass them and leave it be?

If you see a habitual offender just call the cops and have them do a little parking enforcement.
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Old 06-01-07, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Underbridge
Simpler - combine these great ideas, and print up sheets that say:

'I let the air out of your tires because you're a jackass who parks in bike lanes, unnecessarily risking my life so you can save the 2 minutes it would take to park legally. Now you can wait for a while until AAA gets here. Or you can ask a passing cyclist to borrow his frame pump. Have fun!'

Then you let the air out of his tires, natch.
Sounds like a great idea. Except when the angry JAM decides to teach the next cyclist he or she sees a lesson by running them off the road. Let it be and just complain to the local by-law enforcement unit. Believe me, those guys just LOVE getting the scoop on promising areas for inflicting parking fines. Perhaps the point can be made without making the rest of your two wheeled brethren targets of opportunity.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam
Crazy. How is traffic control managed at the intersections?

Al
4-way stops. Lights at major intersections with a "cyclist" button.
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Old 06-01-07, 06:20 PM
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Better make sure it is actually illegal to park there. And make sure your tickets don't have the official county seal or whatever on them. Then have at it. I'm sure lots of people get annoyed at people who park illegally.
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Originally Posted by pityr
bad idea. Generally this sort of stuff just pisses the people off Generally this sort of stuff just pisses the people off and makes them more likely to do it in the future. ...
I have left notes on a few cars at work that I've seen repeatedly double-parked, particularly when they're taking up two spaces front and back (as in, the space looks empty until you pull partway in and realize there's half a car there). Rather than sounding angry I've just written something like, "The way you've parked makes you appear to be selfish and inconsiderate." It might have pissed them off, but haven't yet noticed one of these cars double-parked after a note.

Not that it's a perfect fix, but I think in ~some~ cases people just don't think that it affects anyone else, until it's pointed out.
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Originally Posted by almo
So i altered a image of a traffic ticket and am putting them on cars i find parked in bike lanes to let them know they are breaking the law and that we don't appreciae it.
Why not just call Parking Control ?

If this happens to you in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; this is what you can do:

Parking Control at 905-896-5678 (Monday to Friday) any time from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Simpler and more effective.
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